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1 — Quick Start

2. Ticks & Labels


# In this tutorial, I will add tick marks, tick labels and ideogram
# labels to the previous image. This will require the use of a <ticks>
# block and expanding the <ideogram> block. 
# To make the configuration more modular, the tick and ideogram
# parameters will be stored in different files and imported using the
# <<include>> directive.

karyotype = data/karyotype/karyotype.human.txt

# The chromosomes_unit value is used as a unit (suffix "u") to shorten
# values in other parts of the configuration file. Some parameters,
# such as ideogram and tick spacing, accept "u" suffixes, so instead of
# spacing = 10000000
# you can write
# spacing = 10u
# See ticks.conf for examples.

chromosomes_units = 1000000

<<include ideogram.conf>>

<<include ticks.conf>>

<<include etc/image.conf>>                

<<include etc/colors_fonts_patterns.conf>> 

<<include etc/housekeeping.conf>> 



default = 0.005r

# Ideogram position, fill and outline
radius           = 0.90r
thickness        = 20p
fill             = yes
stroke_color     = dgrey
stroke_thickness = 2p

# Minimum definition for ideogram labels.

show_label       = yes
# see etc/fonts.conf for list of font names
label_font       = default 
label_radius     = dims(image,radius) - 60p
label_size       = 30
label_parallel   = yes



show_ticks          = yes
show_tick_labels    = yes

radius           = 1r
color            = black
thickness        = 2p

# the tick label is derived by multiplying the tick position
# by 'multiplier' and casting it in 'format':
# sprintf(format,position*multiplier)

multiplier       = 1e-6

# %d   - integer
# %f   - float
# %.1f - float with one decimal
# %.2f - float with two decimals
# for other formats, see

format           = %d

spacing        = 5u
size           = 10p

spacing        = 25u
size           = 15p
show_label     = yes
label_size     = 20p
label_offset   = 10p
format         = %d